Psalm 102:13 – You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favor to her, the appointed time has come.
The sun’ll come out tomorrow so ya gotta hang on ‘til tomorrow come what may. Tomorrow! Tomorrow! I love ya tomorrow! You’re always a day a way!
And so the song says. When you battle a chronic health condition, sometimes we don’t feel like tomorrow is something to cheer for. We just feel like there’s no sense waiting for a better day that will never arrive.
Tomorrow you may be feeling better.
But tomorrow you may be feeling worse.
Tomorrow you may be able to finally get those chores done.
But tomorrow your body may be bombarded with spasms and you can’t do anything.
Tomorrow you may be able to visit with a group of friends and have fun.
But tomorrow you may have to spend the day alone longing for company.
Tomorrow other people will understand you’re in pain, even if you don’t look like it.
But tomorrow people may make fun of you and say you’re just faking it.
Tomorrow they may finally find a cure.
But tomorrow they may have no idea on how to cure you.
So, let’s all put on our bright and shiny faces and sing the song, “Tomorrow,” with gusto. What do you think? Can we find a reason to believe tomorrow will be a better day? And what about that cure? How can I get to a place where I’m able to move forward in life even without a cure? Even if they never find a cure?
While thinking about this I pulled up an article on kevinmd.com, titled, “Living with an Illness for Which There is no Cure.” One of the most amazing statements was made in the article: everyone knows we’re going to die, someday, but we still participate in life. We don’t think about dying every day. Every moment. And that’s how it is for someone who has an incurable disease or someone who is healthy.
I think it’s about living life to the fullest in the way that your mind and body shape it. You may not be able to do much because of chronic pain or you illness. Or you may have to stay where you live instead of traveling, because you need to be able to receive treatments that might save your life.
So instead of focusing on a cure that may never come, we can begin to believe that we no longer have to feel that being “cured” is the only way to lead a joyful fulfilled life. I know, it’s not going to be easy to do that, but God will arise and show you compassion. He will show you that the appointed time has come for you to resume living life the best way you can. And that, my friend, will show you that you don’t have to just stand on the sidelines waiting for a better day to come. You can make today that better day. And yes, the sun will come up tomorrow.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.